Review – Royals #1

  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Artist: Jonboy Meyers
  • Colorist: Ryan Kinnaird
  • Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers

Al Ewing’s Royals #1 takes place sometime after the inhuman vs X-Men event, much has changed for the inhumans. With the Terrigen Mist destruction, the future of the Inhuman species is in danger.

The issue starts off five thousand years in the future, we are introduced to an unknown inhuman claiming to be the last of his kinda. Through his monologue, he starts to explain the downfall of Royal family. A lot has changed since the IvX, Iso has become the new Inhuman leader, while she is appointed leader she still addresses Madusa as her queen.

On Attilan, the inhumans are greeted by Noh-Varr aka Marvel Boy, he claims to know a secret about them, a secret that can save the inhuman species. If they want to know this big “secret”, they must travel to Hala the Kree Home world to find out. Medusa is the first to agree, she feels the family has let its people down and therefore should be ones to make it right, after a brief disagreement with ISO over the new mission, all of the royal family agrees including new inhuman member Flint.

Knowing the difficulty of this mission each family member say their good byes to their loved ones, Crystal meets up with her daughter, Gorgon to his son, Swain and Flint do as well. When Medusa approaches Black Bolt, he walks away from her hinting at a potential fallout in the near future between them.

At the end of the issue we get a shocking revelation from Medusa, she’s dying, form what we don’t know but we see its effects, as see her losing her hair.

Conclusion: Form the start you can tell Marvel Boy is using the Royal family for his own personal reasons, with its good or evil, we don’t know, but we do know it involves the being inside a container he’s carrying around with him. The relationship between Medusa and Black Bolt is on the rocks once again, I’m sure in upcoming issues we will find out why. And last but not least is the health of Medusa, what is causing this mysterious illness, why is it effecting her powers, and will she make through this mission.

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Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #6

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Marvel’s Inhuman vs X-Men event has seemed to hit its climax, the war between mutants and inhumans hasn’t turned out for the better. Many of the inhuman’s died, all because of a lack of communication between the two groups.

Emma Frost’s grief gets the best of her, we see her transition into hate and anger which in turn cause’s her make decisions that in dangers the X-Men, she no longer cares about saving mutant kind, Emma wants revenge for Cyclops and is hell bend on killing Black Bolt, who she blames for Scotts death. But its revealed that Cyclops wasn’t killed by Black Bolt, he was killed in an accident way before the discovery of the Terrigen Mist.

Young Cyclops reveals that Emma had been lying to everyone for months about it, Storm confronts her about it and she doesn’t deny it, in fact she becomes more unstable. If not for Ahura and the Ennilux, the war would’ve gotten more out of hand.

The down fall of Emma is also the rise of Madusa, she really evolved as a leader in this crossover, with all that was going on Madusa never wavered when things looked grim for them. Medusa’s growth was one of few things that I found enjoyable in this crossover, as for the final battle between the two groups, I found it to be a little lack luster. There was no real lost amongst the two teams, granted Ahura did lose a ship full of Ennilux, but in actuality their deaths played no real significance overall.

For me Inhumans vs X-Men is an average crossover at best, the story reminds me too much of AvX’s, on top of that you never get a real present of danger in this crossover, even with Emma going full on crazy at the end. Marvel had something good with this event, but because it focuses more on action instead of the narrative this crossover is miss.

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Story:★★☆☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Marvel’s Inhumans TV Show cast is finally revealed

The Entire Cast for ABC & Marvel’s inhuman’s series has been release, news about the cast dropped two days’ ago, cause the Marvel fandom to jump for joy with this announcement the cast its self doesn’t feature big Hollywood names it does has a few known from some respected shows.

Sonya Balmores as Auran

Auran is head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman. She is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.

Mike Moh as Triton

Triton is Black Bolt’s cousin who is calm under pressure and supremely athletic. His gift is his fish — like the ability to live underwater.

Isabelle Cornish as Crystal

Crystal is Medusa’s sister and the youngest member of the royal family who has the ability to control the elements. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family.

Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon

Gorgon is the cousin of Black Bolt and a member of the royal family who is the leader of Attilan’s military. He has super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. 

 

Ken Leung as Karnak

Karnak is Black Bolt’s is one of his closest adviser. His gift is an ability to see the fault in all things — people, plans, structures, everything.

Iwan Rheon as Maximus

Maximus is a clever and charming Inhuman who is the brother of Black Bolt and also wants to be king of Attilan

Serinda Swan as Medusa

Medusa is the queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt  his most trusted adviser, a fierce warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair in a unique way.

Anson Mount as Black Bolt

Black Bolt is the enigmatic and commanding King of the Inhumans who has a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

Ellen Woglom as an undisclosed character

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has been a joy to follow over the past years, while it hasn’t been perfect, it has been very consistent. Now that the inhuman’s enter the fold i’m curious to see if the show is a successful, would they use them in future flims, yeah, inhumans where on the agents of shield, but it wasn’t the Royals family. The fanboy in me is wishing for some kind of crossover, whether its a movie or another agents of shield crossover fans are going to want more if the series turns out good.

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #5: What’s Next?

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Courtesy of Marvel.com

The Inhumans have gotten the upper hand on the X-Men and finally located and release Black Bolt from, my biggest issue with this run is how the X-Men despite having a legit reason still come across as in the wrong, while you can debate whether or not that’s true, you can’t overlook this one other problem I have with this crossover, and that’s X-Men/ Mutants turn on each other way too quick. Again, some fans may not see it that way, but for me that’s how I see it.

Inside the World, an artificial time altering environment, Jean and Fantomex continue to battle it out with Karnak, who in the process finds lockjaw and frees him. Back in Limbo Gorgon and Colossus fight concludes with Colossus getting the best of Gorgon, at the same time Madusa and the other royal family members find Black Bolt but are confronted by Havok who threatens to take out the inhuman leader, Havok warns Medusa and company about Emma Frost who he states is the real fight, Back in New Jersey Iso and the other young inhumans decide to help Forge build and use his machine in order to stop the Mist, Grid warns ISO that helping Forge goes against everything Medusa and the royal family have been fighting for.

Sypnapse and Reader teleport to The World and find Karnak meditating after surviving his battle with Jean and Fantomex, together the three of them try to wake up lockjaw. Cyclops, Ms. Marvel, Grid and the others fly to Iceland, but are quickly confronted by the full X-Men team, Back in X-Heaven Colossus finds Havok siting and is surprise when Havok tells him he let Royal family leave with Black Bolt.

The action picks up at end of the issue when the inhumans and Cyclops have it out with Emma and the rest of the X-Men, as they two teams fight Magneto becomes impatient with the senseless fighting and decides to step in.

Conclusion: Now that the younger Inhumans are going to help Forge stop the Mist, I’m interest on how this will affect the Royal family in the future, Medusa feels as if the X-Men have crossed the line attacking New Attilan and taking Black Bolt, when this conflict finally ends you can bet a rift between the inhumans and Mutants will be bigger than before. While still entertaining it still feels less important of an issue , compared to the AvX or House of M events.

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Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Marvel Announces its first Inhumans Cast Member!!

2017 is starting to look extremely promising for Marvel and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok all coming in 2017 Marvel is setting up for another dominate run this year as well. Now that they have the cinematic Universe well establish Marvel looks to focus on its new TV franchises in 2017.

In November 2016 Marvel announced the Inhumans Television series, which is going to be produced by ABC Studios, the series is going to focus on Black Bolt and the Royal Family, Marvel originally intended to make a movie franchise but that was scratch, months later we get news of the TV series instead, Ben Sherwood, president of Disney–ABC Television Group has stated that they have been working closely with Marvel’s movie calendar to make sure the show wouldn’t interfere with upcoming and future movie releases.

Jump forward to the present and we now have the series’ first cast member, Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon known for his recent role as the villain Ramsay Bolton will be playing Maximus, the brother of Black Bolt the inhuman king, Maximus has mind controlling abilities along with a genius-level intellect, he wants to be King of Attilan (The Hidden Land), he’s similar to Loki in that respect, and like Loki he feels he should be Attilan’s true king.

Marvel’s Inhumans is set to drop its first two episodes in IMAX sometime in September of 2017, with such a close release date you can be certain that more casting news will be announced in the upcoming months, If you ‘re lucky enough to get tickets for Wondercon 2017 or SDCC 17, Marvel is sure to drop some news about this and many more in franchises in the works

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #4: Time is running out!

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Are the X-Men in the wrong? If you think about it, they have a legit cause, a threatening mist is poisoning all mutants on the planet yet it still feels as if the X-Men are in the wrong. You may ask the question as to why it seems that way, and the answers simple just look at the last pass crossovers, the X-Men haven’t been a shining example of heroes in the past so when they do have an actually cause to fight it still feels like they’re in the wrong.

The Royal Family finally find a way out of limbo, Iso and Inferno gather the new inhumans and devise a plan to infiltrate Muir Island using Mosaic’s unique ability, he tries to take control of Magneto but because of Magneto’s experience with mind control the possession doesn’t last long and he is spotted causing him to steal a aircraft for a quick escape. Meanwhile the royal gets free and with help of Johnny Storm set a fire around the mansion in order to keep them from attacking them, but Medusa and the rest of the royal family are confronted by Colossus.

When Mosaic returns to New Jersey he tells them the Royal family is in Limbo, and he also tells them about the Terrigen clouds are more dangerous then what they initially thought, this revelation has the younger inhuman’s questioning whether who is right and who is wrong

Conclusion:  When you have two groups believing what they’re doing is the right thing your almost certain conflict will happen, and this crossover brings that issue to the forefront once again. This is an issue that’s similar to what’s going on in today’s society more than ever, you have two teams fighting because they believe each other’s race is in danger and that there’s no other way. But because Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Iso and company are on the outside looking in they see it differently and that’s putting doubts in what they should do next.

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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #3 :Where’s Black Bolt!

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu & David Curiel

After escaping Wolverine (X-23), ISO and inferno find themselves face to face with the original Wolverine (Logan) and fight between them breaks out, surprisingly inferno holds his own against Logan even going as far as knocking him out. With logan out for the count the two capture Forge and blow up his machine, back in limbo the Royal family are coming up with a plan for escape. The young inhumans inferno and ISO come up with a way to get help against the X-Men, they decide to get in touch with Kamala Khan Aka Ms. Marvel who they know can get other inhumans to help them.
The meat of the issue is when Young Beast, but before that we see Jean Grey and Karnak are in what looks like an illusionary world, Kanrnak sees through the illusion and escapes but is quickly confronted by Fantomex.  I said before the meat of this issue is when young and older beast chat with the X-Men, with forge gone the X-Men can’t get rid of the Terrigen Mist, the McCoy’s are trying to come up with another way but Emma and the rest of the X-Men believe the time for action is a must because once the royal family gets free things will become even harder, with Emma hint that if Black Bolt is freed all hell will break loose.

The reavel of Black Bolts capture and hinted release is sure to make things a bit more interesting in the future, with the mist still lurking around the teams’ main focus is getting Forge back as soon as possible, but with ISO and Inferno gathering inhumans to help recapture New Attilan, the X-Men could have major issues going forward.

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Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Inhumans vs X-Men #2 : Fate in the hands of two inhumans

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
  • Artist: Lenil Francis Yu
  • Colorist: David Curiel
  • Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu & David Curiel

The majority of the action takes place in New Attilan, With Black Bolt,Crystal and Karnak all out of commission the X-men are able to attack Medusa and the other inhumans with ease. The plan was simple attack and take out the royal family without harming the innocent civilians during the process, for most part they accomplished that goal thanks to Magik, she uses limbo as a prison for the inhumans.

Throughout most of the issue we see the perspective of the situation form each of the X-Men, whether it be through actions or dialog we get a good idea of how each member of team is feeling. While Storm is all for taking out the inhumans, she’s not about killing them unjust, Meanwhile Magnetio and his band are willing to do whatever it takes. Johnny Storm tires his best to deflate the situation by asking Medusa to not fight back, but she explains to him the X-Men are way past keeping the peace and that as queen she must defend her home and people.

Storm and the X-Men finally takedown the last few royal family members and put them in limbo, at the same time ISO and Inferno look for Eldrac the Door in order to escape a determine Wolverine (X-23), the issue ends with inferno and ISO begin teleported to Alberta where Forge and Old man look stand waiting.

Conclusion:  Without Black Bolt the Inhumans have no chance against the X-Men, as a team the X-Men are a force to be reckoned with and this issue displays that, you can argue that even with Black Bolt they still would have lost. When the X-Men are written to having a just cause, they are enjoyable to read, unlike the Avengers vs X-Men crossover I find this crossover more bit more enjoyable at the moment, I’m looking forward to seeing how this conflict plays out.

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Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review: Uncanny Avengers #4 (2015)

Writer: Gerry Duggan

Artist: Ryan Stegman

Cover Arist: Richard Isanove

Published by: Marvel Comics

The Uncanny Avengers save Boston from destruction, but at what cost? The finale of the first arc has devastating consequences for one Avenger.

UNCANNY AVENGERS (2015) #4
Courtesy of Marvel.com

The begin of issue #4 we get a flashback of Emily Guerrero (Synapse) and her grandfather Ivan Guerrero (Shredded Man) when the Mist hits there home, Emily is confused and scared but Ivan is more acceptable to the change and is already dead set on becoming a hero, It just back to the present time and now Emily who is now Synapse is on her knees crying before Ivan aka Shredded Man asking him to stop the destruction and chaos he’s caused but lvan refuses and they start to battle it out, Meanwhile Deadpool and Rouge are taking out the infected animals, a funny moment happened when Deadpool asks Quicksilver to get him more weapons from his armory, instead he runs to a local gun store and brings not only the weapons but also the owner of the store, he and Deadpool shake hands and the two pick up guns and start taking out the creatures.

Back in the lab Torch and company are finishing up Cable’s serum for the Terrigen Mist outbreak, Quicksliver drops in and asks if the serum is ready and from there we see him blazing to every man and woman infected by the mist and giving them a shot of the cure. We jump to Cable and Rouge who are still fighting, cable gets a psychic flash and sees a vison of Synapse taking out Shredded Man causing a catastrophic event, just when it looks as if she’s going take him out Cable teleports in and takes her down before she can, the starts to reason with her stating that her actions will causes more damage to the city, Cable surprises them both when he instead shoots down Synapse, she goes on to tell him that she knows he still is the grandfather she always knew, but also didn’t want to die with the shame of what he’s done, so as a gift for his granddaughter he uses his powers to stop it all. But not without telling Synapse that his love for her is gone and the next time they meet he’ll have no mercy for her and with the last bit of his power escapes.  In fear of what the others my say, Synapse pleads with Cable to not say anything about her connection with the Shredded Man.

When Deadpool and the others arrive back to Boston, Cap asks Cable if he’s going to stick around, and Cable first says no, but quickly changes his mind when Cap tells him the next mission is to take down Red Skull and retrieve Professor Xavier’s brain.

The issue ends on what you could consider a cliffhanger when we see Hank Pym saving some people from an Alien attack, the interesting thing about rescue is that he’s not in his typical Ant-Man get-up but instead a new exo-design suit that he says is Ultron.

Conclusion:  There’s a lot of subplots within this arc that could turn into something interesting later on, but for right now it looks as if the main plot is over, we see a lot of emotional turmoil in Synapse, at one point she gives up physically because the emotional drain, her character development and story was the focal point in the issue, with that said I’m curious to see where Duggan takes this story now that the big bad is out the picture.

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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Review – Inhumans: Attilan Rising #3

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: John Timms
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson

Inhumans
Dave Johnson Cover

On Battleworld Black Bolt and his rebellions are being push back Medusa, under heavy fire Black bolt, Naja and Mega-Rad give one last all-out attack, Naja jumps into fly but is quickly shot down so Black Bolt tells Mega-Rad to attack from underground, the plan seems to be working at first as the take out many of Medusa’s men, on the top of a rocky hill top Medusa and Gorgon are watching. On her orders Gorgon attacks Mega-Rad, causing him to lose his hulk abilities. Meanwhile in New York City the Quiet Room is under attack by Medusa’s men as well the other Inhumans are under the same heavy fire, Murdoch and Karnak are holding their own, when Nur, who has Kamala Khan with him enters the Quiet Room he too jumps into the fray and takes out a handful of men with his Photokinetic Projection ability. But like Black Bolt and the others things turn sour when Auran sneaks behind Nur and tells him to put his hands

Back on Battleworld Black Bolt tells Triton and the others to get ready to move out due to their heavy hitters being taken out, so under is orders the run for it as he stays to take on Medusa by himself, he process to tell her that his plan is to turn himself over if she would let the others free, this surprises Medusa.

Meanwhile in New York Murdoch, Karnak and Nur get the upper hand again on Auran but when Karnak uses a device to escape but instead of escaping they trap themselves, we then go back to Triton, Naja, and Mega-Rad using Eldrac the Door to return back to the Quiet room but they quickly get a feeling that something is wrong with the gate to the room, it’s no longer there, with no gate the crew wonder just where they will end up.

The issue ends with Auran capturing Murdoch and company and Medusa capturing Black Bolt, Vuran states that the resistance is shattered and Medusa says that things are just getting started.

This issues focuses on the fights between the two teams, in other words it was a closing chapter for the show down between the New Attilan’s inhumans and Black Bolts Inhumans. We do get some insight on Mega-Rad’s power, it seems he has a limit to how much damage he can take before running out of gamma power, I’m interested to see Mega-Rad’s evolution in the future.

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Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆